Filipinos salute single parents amid Sotto gaffe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) — Love, appreciation, and utmost respect poured on social media for single parents.

Aside from outrage over Senator Tito Sotto III's remarks against solo parents directed towards single mother Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Wednesday, netizens paid tribute to the bravery and resilience of their own single parents.

A Twitter thread created by Millennials of Manila on Wednesday has received over 300 photo messages of appreciation for their parents.

 

A netizen told the story of how her deaf and mute single mother raised her to become a strong, independent woman.

 

Another shared how her sister juggles being a single mom and studies. 

 

Another netizen tweeted how her mom was brought up by her solo dad, and she turned out to be an exemplary parent.

 

While some netizens didn't feel the need to say much to show the world how grateful they are to be loved by their solo parents.

 

 

 

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen also tweeted out a tribute for his courageous mother.

 

Single mothers also tweeted how proud they are to raise their children on their own.

 

 

 

Single fathers also got their fair share of appreciation.

 

 

 

During the Commission on Appointments hearing of Taguiwalo on Wednesday, Sotto attempted to shift the focus on a "lighter" topic by asking her about her two daughters and pointing out she is single.

Sotto tried to explain what to call a person who raises children on their own.

"In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag dun e, 'na-ano lang,'" he said.

Taguiwalo, a champion for gender equality and women empowerment, replied that as a professor, she respects all kinds of families.

Amidst the laughter in the room, Taguiwalo said, "Senator Sotto, I teach women studies. So, we respect all kinds of families and that includes solo parents."

Related: Taguiwalo defends solo parents vs. Sotto tirade

In an interview after the hearing, Sotto said he believes Taguiwalo was not offended by his remarks.

"She was ready to answer anything under the sun. I don't think there should be a big fuss about it," he said.

He also defended himself, saying he does not disrespect women.

"I will be the last person in this country to disrespect a woman... I have two daughters who are separated, single, and have children," he said.